Sebastián López Flórez, joins the BISITE Research Group to carry out his doctoral thesis as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow. During his stay he will fulfill one of the objectives of the IoTalentum project, in which Juan Manuel Corchado, director of the BISITE group, participates as a member of the board of supervisors.

Sebastian is a mechatronics engineer and has completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering with a final project focused on computer vision for scene detection based on object semantics. Both degrees were received at the Technological University of Pereira (UTP). His research interests focus on the development of flexible, interpretable and scalable machine learning models, often involving deep learning, Gaussian processes and kernel learning.

In addition to developing methods that have societal impact, and comprehending the reasons behind their effectivness, Sebastain also understands the foundations for building models that learn and generalize. His work has been applied to time series, vision, NLP, public policy and medicine.

Smart grid research for IoTalentum

In our group he will be part of the IoTalentum project, a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Internet of Things Training Network. His participation in the project will revolve around the development of models that quantify uncertainty generating a reliable and secure response in smart grids while maintaining system stability associated with future generation, well-functioning infrastructure, and customer demand, as well as the integration of blockchain ensuring privacy by offering decentralized systems, following a practical implementation in the DREAM-GO model.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.